I had a statue in the square
Where everyone would stand and stare.
I don’t know what it was
That ran through minds of those who saw,
I thought it was the love of fans
But now that I look back and see
That there was a rolling of the eyes
And in the end they knew it better
That we’d all just fade away
And all these stone like monuments
Will fizzle in the blinding sun.
I’ve written quite a few times about legacy because I think that it’s something that we worry about as humans, especially humans who have access to social media! Everyone wants to be remembered, but the truth is that many of us will be long forgotten within a few years of our passing.
However, every so often I am reminded of just how ridiculous it is to worry about these things. Today I got one such reminder in the form of Brian Cox.
I just caught the very end of one of his shows about the universe and how it will eventually return to nothing. His closing line, that he said with his trademark smile was: I don’t think that we should worry about being immortalized as a statue because eventually we will all just become a bath of photons.
It seemed so brutal that we will literally be swallowed whole that it almost became a bit funny. It just reminded me to keep everything in perspective.